Nothing can match the freedom of
touring New Zealand on the open road.
Enjoy the buzz of barrelling along in fresh cool air, with the
hum of tyres on tarmac, while observing the countryside. When the
tar seal gives way to gravel or even clay and sand, you still
have freedom to ride.
Motorcycle touring is the simplest way to experience all that
this beautiful country has to offer. You only need a map,
sleeping bag, pannier load of gear and a free-spirited sense of
adventure. Thousands of avid bikers circumnavigate New Zealand
each year exploring the highways and byways and really getting
acquainted with genuine Kiwis in communities well off the main
Motorcycles can be rented from some Auckland and Christchurch
bike shops or bought outright on a buy-back scheme. Expect to pay
$1500-2000 for a reliable second-hand road bike. Alternatively
you can join a group tour package. There is a range of packages
available; luxury, budget, self-guided and specialist off-road
tours, as well as womens tours and Harley Davidson tours.
For self-guided tours you can find first-class camping grounds at
virtually every main town and coastal settlement throughout the
country. Youth hostels, motels, hotels, farm stays, home stays
and bed and breakfast places are available just about everywhere.
So bring your international driving permit or full motorcycle
licence and enjoy the buzz of cruising the open road. It
doesnt get any better than this.